Making the decision to get help for a parent or family member can be tough. It’s hard to know what to look for when evaluating how your loved one is doing. Here are some things to look for:
- Things becoming disheveled in home
- Your loved one is not changing their clothes each day
- Clothes are not being washed
- The home has taken on an unusual smell (especially one you might characterize as a “bathroom” smell)
- The bathroom does not seem clean
- Your loved one is forgetting appointments
- Your loved one is forgetting to take medications
If you are noticing any of these changes, it’s time to take a closer look. Spend a little extra time with your loved one if possible, or maybe ask another family member to check in and see what they think. Once you’ve made the decision, remember you don’t have to tackle this alone!
With everything else going on in your life, there is nothing wrong with seeking outside help. If your loved one wants to stay at home – and that could include staying in their independent or assisted living home – you can get personalized care with the assistance of a home care agency like Assisting Hands serving Columbus, OH.
There are many services offered that can give your loved one the independence they crave while still getting they help they need with everyday tasks. For example, we offer Sunrise and Sundown services – a professionally trained caregiver arrives in the morning to help your loved one get up, get a shower, get into clean clothes, have breakfast, and take morning medication. Then in the evening, a caregiver returns to assist with the evening routine of evening snack, toothbrushing, and getting into pajamas and bed. The caregiver can then be sure the home is locked at night when they leave.
Assisting Hands Home Care serving Columbus, OH takes a team approach to care. We have nurse care managers on staff who offer constant support for our caregivers in the field. Our caregivers are carefully screened and are given paid training in a number of areas, including dementia care. Caregivers provide a broad range of assistance from assisting with bathing, toileting, ambulation, medication reminders, grooming, personal care, grocery shopping, meal preparation and light housecleaning.
If you think it might be time to get your loved one help, give us a call today. One of our care managers will work with you to assess your unique situation and give you peace of mind knowing your loved one is getting the assistance they need.